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ERIC Number: EJ864580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
The Use of CAQDAS in Educational Research: Some Advantages, Limitations and Potential Risks
Garcia-Horta, Jose Baltazar; Guerra-Ramos, Maria Teresa
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v32 n2 p151-165 Jul 2009
The use of qualitative analysis software has become extremely popular over the recent years; educational researchers now have a range of tools at their disposal, from the ubiquitous word processor to more specialized computer packages. This paper deals with the use of CAQDAS (computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software) in educational research. We discuss its use in the context of two interview-based pieces of research. The first study explored the effectiveness of a governmental initiative with respect to teacher engagement and commitment, using MAX[subscript QDA] to examine interviews. The second study looked at teachers' science-related representations, where NVivo was used to analyse the data. The discussion puts forward the idea that CAQDAS is of great help and can enhance interview data analysis; however, careful and critical assessment of computer packages is encouraged. Their capabilities must not be overestimated, since computers are still unable to perform an independent rational process or substitute the analyst's capacities. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico